12/01/15 2:22pm
Starbucks (Red) World Aids Day

For the eighth year, Starbucks is partnering with (RED)® to help fight AIDS. On World AIDS Day 2015 (Tuesday, Dec. 1), Starbucks will make a 10 cent (U.S.) donation for every handcrafted beverage sold in participating U.S. and Canada stores.

Starbucks donations go to the Global Fund to help finance HIV/AIDS programs in prevention, treatment, counseling, HIV testing and care services.  Since partnering with (RED) in 2008, Starbucks has generated more than $13 million for the fight.

Last fall, several Starbucks partners (employees) spent five days in Rwanda visiting hospitals and facilities that are changing lives with Global Fund dollars.

To learn more, please visit red.org and theglobalfund.org.

12/01/15 1:49pm

Whole Foods Chocolate Chip Cookies

From Dec. 2 to 8, freshly baked chocolate chip cookies will cost 25 cents apiece at all Whole Foods Market stores in the U.S. They are available daily while supplies last, limit three per customer.

“What can I say, our cookies rule! We’re excited to offer them to customers with such a sweet deal,” said David Lannon, Whole Foods Market’s executive vice president of operations. “And don’t forget the 365 Everyday Value milk, soy milk or almond milk for dunking!”

All bakery items at Whole Foods Market are made with cage-free eggs and non-bleached or bromated flour, and they contain no artificial preservatives, colors, sweeteners or hydrogenated fats.

12/01/15 1:42pm
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DRS Technical Services, Inc. (DRS TSI), located in Herndon, has agreed to pay $1 million to settle a civil fraud case that claimed their employees engaged in labor mischarging resulting in a loss to the U.S. government of $544,000.

The allegations involved the overcharging of three U.S. Army contracts DRS TSI was working on in Kuwait, where 15 DRS TSI employees were directed to record more time for labor hours than was actually being worked. After discovering the improper conduct through its internal compliance program, DRS TSI made a voluntary disclosure to the U.S. government under the Contractor Business Ethics Compliance Program and Disclosure Rule, also known as the Federal Acquisition Regulations Mandatory Disclosure Rule. DRS TSI took corrective action, including disclosure of the conduct to the Department of Defense Office of Inspector General.  (more…)

12/01/15 1:33pm


The North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) is celebrating the 60th Anniversary of tracking Santa’s yuletide journey!

The NORAD Tracks Santa website, which re-launched TODAY (Dec 1) for 2015, features Santa’s North Pole Village, which includes a holiday countdown, games, activities, and more. The website is available ineight languages: English, French, Spanish, German, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese, and Chinese.  (more…)

12/01/15 1:17pm

Pumping gas

How low will gas prices go?

Drivers this year paid the lowest gas prices for Thanksgiving since 2008, and the national average has now fallen for 24 straight days. Today’s average price of $2.04 per gallon is within fractions of a penny of the multi-year low reached this January, and the national average remains poised to fall below the $2 per gallon benchmark by Christmas. Gas prices are down three cents per gallon for the week, 14 cents over the last month and 74 cents compared to a year ago.  Reminder: You can find the lowest gas prices in the Alexandria, Virginia area 24/7 at this link(more…)

12/01/15 12:54pm

Giving Tuesday

Donate to the 50-50 Campaign

Giving Tuesday is underway and the Alexandria Library Foundation is seeking donations to support its 50-50 Campaign.

Over the last decade, the Library has lost almost 40% of its materials budget. For every tax-deductible dollar you donate to the Library, the City of Alexandria will match it, up to $50,000. Your donations will be used to enhance our collections by purchasing books, DVDs, ebooks, and more.

Recent projects the Foundation has supported include:

  • Beatley Central Library Children’s Department Upgrade and Mural
  • Duncan Branch Library Garden Benches
  • Beatley Central Library Meeting Room Renovation and Equipment Upgrade
  • Collections including books, digital resources, and periodicals for all locations
  • Library staff development and training

For more information on the 50-50 Campaign or to make your donation online, visit us at http://bit.ly/50-50plan. Donations are also accepted by mail to: Alexandria Library Foundation, 5005 Duke Street, Alexandria, VA 22304.

12/01/15 10:56am

APD badgeUPDATE (11:08 AM): Police have 2nd suspect in custody.

The Alexandria Police Department is currently investigating a bank robbery Tuesday morning in the 800 block of N. Washington Street (see below) in the Old Town North neighborhood of Alexandria, Virginia.

Police say that two suspects brandished a weapon or weapons and stole cash. One suspect is in custody. Police are searching for the other suspect.

There were no injuries. Expect police activity in the area.

As a safety precaution, this incident has prompted “lock-ins” at five Alexandria schools in the area: GW, Cora Kelly, Mount Vernon, Charles Barrett and Maury. ACPS will update when the situation has changed. No entry or exit from the school is allowed during the lock-ins.

Please remember not to call your child or the school during an emergency.